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philip seymour hoffman will be laid to rest today. family and friends gathered last night at a private wake. >> meanwhile, some of those arrested in connection with the actor's apparent heroin overdose appeared before a judge. cecilia vega has the story. >> reporter: in new york city, a wake for philip seymour hoffman, his three children and long time girlfriend, there to say good-bye. police are investigating where the 46-year-old actor got the heroin discovered in his apartment when he was found dead on sunday. in court, two people arrested as part of that investigation on unrelated drug charges. a third, jazz musician robert vineberg, whom police say had hoffman's number in his cell phone, also arrested. they all deny involvement in hoffman's death. a steady stream of stars, michelle williams, joaquinn phoenix, ethan hawke, paid their respects to hoffman's family.
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actress cate blanchett showed up armed with a bag of toys. the actor speaking about his children in 2008. >> when you have children, the idea of heartbreak changes. the idea of heartbreak takes on a whole different meaning. you didn't think you could love like that and now you do. >> reporter: hoffman spoke publicly about his addiction. aaron sorkin writing in this week's "time" magazine. phil hoffman and i had two things in common. we both had children and both recovering addicts. hoffman once revealing this premonition. if one of us had an overdose, probably one in ten won't. sorkin, who created "the west wing" said he hopes part of hoffman's legacy is that his story of addiction helps saves lives. cecilia vega, abc news, new york. >> so eerie to hear he wrote
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that, like he knew -- >> that he knew that's the way his life would end. they're planning a public memorial city in new york city some time this month. so many people wanting to pay their respects. right now it's just for family, close friends. >> the investigation, so many people want to know -- there are so many questions. we hear about this drug, hear about people who use it, but i think this has raised so much curiosity for so many people. >> absolutely. coming up, completely switching topics, the british invasion. it was 50 years ago today the beatles arrived in america. our special look back at how that weekend changed them and the history of music. and ahead in our next half hour, talk about transformation. "the biggest loser "and reality tv history, but was it too much of a good thing? we have the controversy coming up. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ she loves you yeah yeah yeah she loves you you yeah yeah yeah ♪ welcome back. it is an important weekend in music history. 50 years ago today, beatle mania began, when those four lads from liverpool landed in new york. >> there are rumors around that this is britain's revenge for the boston tea party. 3,000 screaming teenagers are at new york's kennedy airport to greet, you guessed it, the beatles. >> and just two days after that, they made history on "the ed sullivan show." music consultant bruno del ganado is here on the beatles 50
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years later. thanks for joining us. >> good morning, marci. >> before we talk about "the ed sullivan show," let's talk about the arrival and what a huge moment it was. >> they arrived in front of 3,000 screaming fans waiting for them. a cold day. 3,000 kid had been there several hours. >> and just what brought everyone out. they hadn't yet appeared on "the ed sullivan show." why all of this energy, this draw. >> they already had a number one in december, two months before that, "i want to hold your hand." it went to number one. there was anticipation. no one had seen them live but they heard about the beatles on wmca and all of the radio stations. there was a lot of anticipation here. especially in new york, in the tri-state area. >> so walk us through that famous night on "the ed sullivan show." >> well, it was five songs. total length, about 11 minutes. beatles' singles were 2, 2 1/2 minutes each. it was pandemonium. 72 million people tuned in that night. it was the most watched television performance in the
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history of television, up until that point. to this day it's one of the top ten most watched nonsports television performances. it was sheer pandemonium. you see fans screaming their lungs out for these four lads from england. >> and overall reaction. >> well, ed sullivan loved them. even read a telegram from elvis and colonel parker, saying, congratulations. they were a big fan. and those two weeks the beatles were here in the states, he had them on the show three consecutive times. >> the time we're talking about was the only time it was live or -- >> no. the first time, february 9th was live. the second week, which was taped from miami, was also live, on the 16th. then the third time it was pretaped, before they left back to england. >> then how did this all impact their career going forward and their influence here in the u.s.? >> well, two months after the ed sullivan performance, the
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beatles had top five singles on billboard charts. that's huge. no one had done it before or since. nobody had done that before and no one has done it since. the beatles will become the most important group of all time. nobody even comes close to what the beatles have meant for this entire generation. globally. not only here. they have sold over 200 million albums. >> and influencing so many other artists? >> exactly, to this day. you look at artists, one direction, for example, which are probably this generation's beatles -- well, not really. but they have shades of beatles. the whole haircut, fashion, pop songs and fans all over. so this day, they keep influencing new acts and will continue to do that are many more years to come. >> bruno, thanks so much for joining us this morning. coming up, special beatles polka coming up next. ♪ i want to hold your hand ♪ i want to hold your hand ♪ i want to hold your hand
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welcome back. time for "the mix." we have been complaining about this awful winter weather that is just not giving up. apparently it's been pretty rough in england as well. it has been so bad that the penguins who are in an aquarium there -- >> the penguins are complaining? >> and they're getting depressed. and they gave them prozac to help them. so if the penguins are depressed, imagine what the people are going through. if anyone should be able to tolerate the crummy weather and cold, it's them. so the penguins are getting prozac. they say it's doing the trick so far but they are praying for the weather to change so get them some sunshine so penguins will cheer up. >> there's no hope if penguins are depressed. this is interesting.
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the westminster dog show, the big dog show is this weekend. and mutts are finally getting their day. they'll be allowed to compete but in just one category, performance, the nonbeauty category. they're not charged for their beauty. >> not beauty? they're so cute. >> i have to get my dog there. >> maybe next year. >> polka time! ♪ so politics in the movie ♪ ♪ that's the world news polka ♪ business news london time that's the world news polka ♪ ♪ it's late at night you're wide awake and you're not wearing pants ♪ ♪ grab your world news now mug ♪ do the world news polka ♪
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this morning on "world news now" -- countdown to competition. t the opening ceremony for winter olympics is just hours away. but the big concern is whether the security in sochi is up to snuff. >> plus, doing battle against mother nature. millions are dealing with the aftermath of the snow and ice. how the clean-up can be as dangerous of the storm. 155 pounds in seven months. a contestant on a weight loss reality show drops a stunning amount of weight, leaving her trainers and viewers speechless. but was it too much too fast. and the end of an era. jay leno passes the torch with an emotional good-bye. highlights of leno's final show in "the skinny" on this friday, february 7th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> good morning. i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez. >> i'm alex perez in for john muller. marci, we made it to friday. >> we made it to friday. how has your week been? you're always all over the place. >> all over the place. and busy. but i'm happy that we made it to friday. i'm happy it's not 50 below zero where i'm at right now, so all good things. >> keep you nice and toasty here in the studio. >> and i will take it. i'll take it. lots to talk about so let's begin with the winter olympics in russia. the games officially kicking off later today with the opening ceremony. >> here is a look live at sochi. ceremonies held in that stadium right there. security still very much on everyone's minds. particularly when it comes to air travel. abc's brian ross has the latest. >> reporter: american authorities say this is the target. a passenger jet like this one flying in over the sochi olympic village, full of athletes and
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spectators. and this is the worry -- tubes of too fast pait that u.s. authorities say a team of terror operatives could use to smuggle explosives on board. >> once on board an aircraft, they would be able to pass off several containers, put the entire product together to get a much bigger bang for your buck. >> reporter: on orders from the tsa, delta and other airlines announced a ban on all liquids, gels, a gels, aerosols and powders on carry-ons into russia. arriving into russia, visitors seem oblivious. >> they won't let anything happen us to. we have good backing. >> reporter: current and former u.s. authorities say that they are not that confident that the russian security ring of steel with tens of thousands of armed officers, naval ships, surveillance blimps and anti-missile batteries hidden in the mountains will be enough to stop a determined terrorist. the u.s. says it is ready for anything that could happen in
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sochi with teams of armed personnel already guarding u.s. athletes and two u.s. navy ships now in the black sea in international waters off of sochi. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> there are no athletic events today in sochi, but crews will be grooming several ski slopes following concerns that they are too dangers. the moguls course claimed american skier heidi kloser yesterday. she was stretchered off. this morning it was announced she is out of the event. the course was worked on after american snowboarder shaun white dropped out of the event. others have also been tamped down. by this point the creature comfort problems that ooth let'ses in sochi have been well documented. now there's a twitter page for that. its handle @sochiproblems. part of its profile, quote, i'm a mess and not prepared for you. it has over 187,000 followers right now. and that's google's home page today.
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today featuring winter olympics sports in rainbow colors. also quotes from the olympic charter, part of which reads, every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport without discrimination of any kind. of course, we all know what that's a reference to, right? do we know? if you saw the google home page -- >> oh, sure. >> -- russia's anti-ga laws. >> of course. they are talking about the problems they have in sochi. it's not all that. we like to focus on the negative. i have a friend there now. he said his hotel is fine, no problems. but the few we see there are pretty entertaining. >> yes. new york post reporter posted water from her hotel. looked like apple juice. >> that's a really nice way of pitting it. it looked like something else. >> it was yellow. let's put it that way. more than 300,000 customers in the philadelphia area are still without power this morning after wednesday's ice storm. with temperatures struggling to
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get out of the 20s, residents are checking into hotels and flocking to malls and warming shelters. officials are comparing the damage to the aftermath of a hurricane. take a look at this poor guy in new york city. legend auto group security cameras caught him walking as -- oh, man, he gets flattened by a wall of snow from a snowplow. gets knocked down. but a few seconds later he walks away. that plow sending snow into the company's windows. the city will pick up the bill for that broken window. my goodness. >> oh, man, that looked painful. >> yeah. here's a look at the rest of your friday weather. part two of a powerful storm will hammer oregon, bringing another 6 to 12 inches of snow. most of the rest of the country will enjoy a dry day, except for a few scattered showers from texas to florida. >> another day of brutal cold in the midwest. temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below average. 50s across the southeast. and sounds nice in miami, 82. >> let's go there. >> let's do that. a minnesota elementary
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school was forced to evacuate after dozens of students fell ill and carbon mondoxide leak my be to blame. two students passed out while rehearsing for a play in the auditorium of the springfield school. others started throwing up. by the time it was over near 30 fourth and fifth graders had to be treated at the hospital. the search is on for a missing newborn in southern wisconsin. 5-day-old kayden powell was taken in the middle of the night. the mother told police he was not in his bassinet when she went to check on him at about 4:30 in the morning. detectives say there was no forced entry into the home and the fbi has been called in to help. >> this is a difficult time for the family. this is a difficult time for the community. but i want everyone to know and to be assured that law enforcement agencies are working together and together we are trying with every resource we have to try and reunite this family. >> a relative who had been staying in the home is being questioned.
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police say so far everyone is being cooperative. family and friends gather here in new york today to say good-bye to philip seymour hoffman. co-stars and fans paid their respects at a wake last night. hoffman's death, from an apparent overdose, helped put national attention on a heroin epidemic. health officials in vermont confirmed three people died last month with the potent painkiller fentanyl was sold as heroin. looks like more than a million out of work americans won't have their long-term unemployment benefits restored. democrats in the senate fell one vote short of ending a republican filibuster on the bill. oklahoma republicans said that the benefit extension is being turned into another welfare program. it's fair to say that pope francis has achieved something of rock star status. he's even been on the cover of "rolling stone." >> while that's cool, this is sweet.
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this is a life-size replica of pope francis made of dark chocolate. he checked it out on wednesday during his weekly audience at the vatican. >> it's the work of an italian chocolate artist and 20 of his students. it took a month to create. here's the most incredible part. it was made from a ton and a half of block chocolate -- a block of chocolate. >> how inappropriate is it to say, pope, you look delicious. >> and what do do you with that? are you supposed to take a bite out of it? >> no, you can't. it's disrespectful. so, you just admire it like -- >> going straight to hades, right? what happens when it warms up. >> definitely keep it indoors. but man, he just looks baffled by it. >> do you kiss the pope's ring? the chocolate ring? what happens to that part of it. all right. well, coming up, jay leno's last show. the tributes, the jokes and an emotional moment from the host himself. but first, did "the biggest loser" lose too much too fast? the controversy over the nearly
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♪ make me feel so pretty ♪ there's a growing controversy over the biggest winner on "the biggest loser." rachel frederickson took the prize with a record-breaking weight loss. >> even some of the trainers were stunned when she walked out on stage less than half her original size. juju chang has the details. >> your current weight is -- >> reporter: it took just a matter of months to get to this moment. >> you lost 155 pounds. >> reporter: after torturous journey of sweat and struggle, 24-year-old rachel frederickson
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was declared the winner on nbc's "the biggest loser" finale. >> you won! >> reporter: a $250,000 grand prize for a 155-pound weight loss that some are now saying went too far. the show's trainers seemed shocked. and on social media, an outpouring of concern for her health. some criticizing her for losing too much weight. >> this is a game show. it's not a healthy model for how you should be losing weight. what we recommend is one to two pounds per week. not the kind of enormous weight loss that she experienced. >> reporter: frederick son dropped 60% of her original body weight, most in the show's history. like all contestants, she followed a program of rigorous diet and exercise. constantly monitored by weight loss professionals. but some doctors question the program's safety when it leads to such extreme results. >> having a prize of $250,000 to lose weight puts pressure on
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people to do things that might not be good for their health. >> reporter: as for frederick son, now 5'4" and 105 pounds, her bmi, or body mass index, is slightly below healthy. but despite the criticism "the biggest loser" stands by their message saying, we remain committed to helping contestants achieve healthy weight loss and live healthier lifestyles and encourage viewers to do the same thing. jillian michaels and bob harper, the pair took to facebook saying, we're not comfortable commenting on rachel's journey because we weren't her trainers and weren't given the opportunity to work with her at any point. any questions about the contestant about "the biggest loser" should be directed to the show's producers. and frederickson tells access
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hollywood she's never been more proud. >> now it is not a number, just a life. i just feel alive. >> reporter: juju chang, abc news, new york. >> incredible. i guess all of the weight loss wasn't on the show. she left the ranch three months ago and since then dropped another 45 pounds, we're hearing. >> if you look at her, she looks like a different person. everyone is wondering what she was eating. it says 1600 calories a day and five small meals and also three or four classes a day at the gym. >> that's a lot. that's what she was doing in the three months since leaving and turning up for the finale. three or four classes a day. my goodness. that's a lot of time. >> she looks unrecognizable. >> a completely different person, right. >> completely different person. when we come back, changing of the guard in late night. plus, new video from justin bieber's arrest in miami. "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ ♪ ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ just like that "biggest loser" chick, so skinny. >> oh, man. >> sorry, too soon? >> give me time. good move there. all right. on this friday, we begin with a farewell. jay leno's good-bye to "the tonight show." >> it was a celebrity-filled
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sendoff. oprah, kim kardashian, carol burnett, just a few who sang a parody from "the sound of music." billy crystal, who was the first guy on the show 22 years ago, was also the last guest. other celebs saying good-bye in their own unique ways. >> why don't you take all this now-found time and develop an interesting hobey like working on old cars. i like doing it, you might too. >> actually jay likes old cars. he has a whole garage full of them. >> okay, jay, maybe with your new-found time you could maybe invite me over to your [ bleep ] garage. >> that's hilarious. leno ended up with a tearful speech, saying it was the best 22 years of his life. our best to him. moving on now to another round in the special relationship between our friend, jimmy kimmel and matt damon. we just saw there. damon was the last member of the cast of "the monuments men" to
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be introduced last night. >> he stood there because there was nowhere to sit down. eventually damon was given a small wooden chair. the rest of the cast got a chance to speak, but when kimmel asked damon a question, this is what happened. >> okay, that's a real question. i'll answer it. [ siren ] >> oh, no, that's the fire alarm. >> come on! >> i need everyone to exit the theater immediately. >> no, no, no, no. >> we're going to get the audience out of here, too. >> kimmel and damon have a long-running sort of love/hate relationship. you remember the last show which damon took jimmy kimmel hostage. now he is vowing revenge again. remember the music video with sarah silverman. >> yeah. >> i think matt damon -- i think that started it all. >> not going to say it. new video this morning from justin bieber's dui arrest in miami beach. >> for the first time, we are seeing what went on after the 19-year-old pop star was taken
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into custody. police station surveillance cameras captured bieber as he entered the holding area there two weeks ago. you can see him getting patted down after removing his shoes and hoody. >> bieber pleaded not guilty to drunk driving and resisting arrest. police say officers went by the book and bieber never received any special treatment. oprah winfrey's done everything there is to do when it comes to show business, right? >> seems like it. >> well, sort of. not yet. one final frontier for the talk show queen, broadway. >> oprah is in talks to make her broadway debut in a revival of the play "night mother." she would star opposite tony award winner audra mcdonald. it's a story of a mother trying to stop her daughter from killing herself. >> the production could hit the stage in the 2015-2016 season. mcdonald is a five-time tony winner whose last broadway play was "a raisin in the sun" back in 2004.
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♪ ♪ it's all about tonight good times and the music and laughter ♪ finally this half hour, our friday rewind. this was a giant week with the super bowl and the start to the olympic games within a few days. >> the week got off to a somber start with the sudden passing of philip seymour hoffman. >> we lost one of the greats. one of the greats. very, very sad. >> it's a shame. because who knows what he would have been able to do. >> there were 70 bags of heroin found in his apartment. that said to the police that there were major dealers selling drugs to him. >> there are a number of specific threats of varying degrees of credibility that we're tracking. >> they have dozens and dozens of rooms not ready for journalists, whoever. it's absolutely an embarrassment. >> i have shoveled twice already
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this morning because it came on so quickly. >> this is the worst i've experienced. i think the worst weather i've been in is just cold. but this is like really cold, hard to walk in. you can't see. and my face hurts. >> if i wanted to get publicity and to get people to like me, i think congress is probably the last place that i would go. >> you know, this breach has shaken their confidence in target and we're determined very hard to earn it back. >> we looked ourselves in the mirror and said, what kind of company do we really want to be? do we want to be a health care company? it became the right decision for us. >> i imagined myself making great plays but never imagined being mvp. >> today we played sound football, able to execute. and we did it. >> let germany brew your beer. swiss assemble your watch. aceh assemble your watch. we will build your car. >> and we want to remind you
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about our special online segment for fans of "world news now." >> it's called "in case you missed it" and you can see all the highlights in one playing. logon to wnnfans.com and check it out. it is usually pretty entertaining. >> that's not us there but it's still entertaining. >> absolutely. in big plans for the weekend? >> i'm going to try a whole different approach to the weather this weekend. i'm going to accept it's going to be cold and go out and do about my normal things. maybe it will change my attitude toward it. maybe i'll want to be outside. >> i need to stop whining about the cold. i need to take a cue from you and do the same. >> all we do is whine, whine, whine, who wants to hear it. >> that's all i'm doing this weekend, wine, wine, wine, another glass of wine. >> where are you doing that? i like your kind of wine better than my kind of whine. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now." informing insomniacs for two
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good morning. i'm alex perez in for john muller. >> and i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez. here are some of the top headlines we are following this morning on "world news now." security is on everyone's mind with the opening ceremony of the winter olympics now just hours away. thousands of athletes and fans from around the world will gather in sochi, russia's new main stadium, putting russian security measures to their harshest test yet. months after george zimmerman was acquitted, another florida man is on trial for the shooting death of an unarmed black teen. michael dunn said he shot 17-year-old jordan davis in self-defense. but police say they found no weapon. asian markets are mostly higher this morning after wall street had its best day of the year yesterday. investors will be watching the january jobs report, which comes out this morning, for signs of
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economic growth. and it was the end of an era on "the tonight show." after 22 years, jay leno delivered his last monologue. he got a rousing sendoff from more than a dozen high-profile fans. those are some of our top stories on this friday, february 7th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." all right. alex, it's so nice to have you here, to see you indoors. we've only run into each other out in the field, you know, covering terrible things. so now we actually get to have fun together. >> inside, a bathroom nearby. people don't realize how important that is to have a bathroom nearby. >> the things you take for granted before you're a field reporter. we know -- >> absolutely. and it's friday. >> all good things. the only thing that's missing is we usually have a lot of food on this show. so i feel like a bad hostess i have not offered you any treats this morning. >> oh, i'm starving. >> i owe you big time, my friend. we start this half hour with
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the winter olympics in sochi, russia. >> thousands of foreigners are there looking forward to two weeks of winter sports. i'll give you a look at sochi this morning. >> our man in russia is abc's hamish mcdonald. good morning. >> reporter: alex, just a few hours until the opening ceremony gets under way here in russia. and very clearly, the emphasis at this point is on security. the organizers of this game, indeed russia, have staked everything on being able to carry out this event in a peaceful and safe environment. sochi sits in the caucasus region and this is the same region where there has been a long-running insurgency. militants who have been fighting for an independent islamist state in the region carried out attacks as recently as december of last year in volgograd, just to the northeast of sochi. and they threaten there will be further attacks during the games. one statement said there would
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be a surprise package for visitors. u.s. security officials warned that international flights flying into this country could be at risk. that militants may try to smuggle on board explosive materials inside toothpaste containers. around the precinct where the games are taking place, there is a security ring of steel and for vladimir putin, president of russia, he has staked everything on being able to carry out these games successfully. with just a few hours to go before the big event, as it were, the opening ceremony, a lot of last-minute work being done. final bits of preparation at venues and accommodation sites is taking place. but absolutely the number one priority for russia and for the organizers is security. alex? >> thank you, hamish. the opening ceremony is today but there is competition already in figure skating yesterday.
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the russians led that competition. women's mogul skier hannah kearney leads that event. going into tomorrow's final rounds, she's looking for her second straight olympic gold. in the same event, ee liza is also in that. the state department's top official for europe is apologizing after being caught making a crude remark about the european union. a leaked phone call leaked on youtube caught victoria nuland using an expletive referring to the eu while speaking with the u.s. ambassador to ukraine. >> so, that would be great, i think, to help glue this thing and have the u.n. help glue it and, you know, [ bleep ] the eu. >> she apparently complaining the eu hasn't done enough to get ukraine to break an agreement with russia.
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thousands around philadelphia are hoping to have their power restored today. wednesday's storm brought down electric lines all over the area and they're still digging out in other states. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: the storm after the storm. after the winter blast dumped nearly a foot of snow and ice from kansas to maine. freezing cold and a race to restore power. officials comparing the damage to the aftermath of a hurricane. trees down for 100 miles. nearly half a million in the dark. and frigid cold. thousands of workers from as far away as canada are coming to help. it's slow, pain-staking work. watch as these workers try and pull a live wire away from a van. slowly guiding it with a pole. soon, the van is smoking and out come the fire extinguishers. at least 25 people hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning. >> doing things like operating generators indoors, operating gas grills and charcoal grills inside. >> reporter: hundreds in shelters. >> this is a humbling
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experience, having to come to a shelter. but they've been roughly. >> reporter: near pittsburgh, a roof collapsed trapping a man for days. he was finally rescued. in new york city gm legend auto group security cameras caught this man walking as he gets flattened by a wall of snow from that plow. watch again from the inside. on the roads, all the melting and freezing is causing a lot of black ice. black ice forms when the ground temperature is 32 degrees or lower. when rain or sleet or melted snow hits it, it freezes instantly. and all of this snow has just completely frozen over. and take a look at this. all of this heavy ice, this is the danger, because that exhaust pipe is completely covered up. that means if the person who owns this car, starts it up without clearing this ice, well, they run the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. gio benitez, abc news, new york. >> the northwest has been pounded by a powerful storm and it is not over yet. at least one person was killed
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in a massive interstate five pipeup in southwest washington, being blamed on the weather. up to 10 inches of snow fell in washington and oregon. round two of this storm hits this afternoon, bringing an additional 6 to 12 inches. that same storm system is bringing much needed rain to parts of northern california. people rejoiced in the wet stuff, but i tell you, it's going to cause a lot more to make a dent in the drought. one of the worst in california history. play had to be suspended at pebble beach pro am golf tournament for three hours because of the rain. still not enough. here's a look at the rest of the friday weather. there will be scattered showers across the southeast coast of texas and the southeast atlantic coast, from the carolinas to florida. mostly dry in the northeast. >> it's another day of bone-chilling cold in the midwest. chicago and detroit are in the mid teens. highs in the 30s across the southern plains. mostly 50s in the southeast. well, a temporary deal to
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raise the u.s. debt ceiling ran out yesterday. that deal was signed back on october 16th. it was part of an 11th hour deal to end the partial government shutdown. ma means the treasury will no longer have the authority to pay bills. in a matter of weeks, the government could run out of cash and begin defaulting on some patients. new questions about the safety of west virginia's water. for the second straight day students were sent home because of a smell like the one from the chemical spill which contaminated water for days. the scent is persisting weeks after officials said the nine effected counties were clear to drink or otherwise use their tap water. a special team will now conducted random safety tests of school water. >> yeah, that's always -- it's hard to understand that. you look at your water. it looks safe. what are you supposed to do? >> you -- these people have to be thinking, enough already. they've been through enough already. it's such a challenge.
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can you imagine not using your tap water for anything, especially pregnant women who were concerned for the longest time. they didn't know if they could use the water to even wash their faces. >> people -- you use water for everything, literally. that's going to be tough. well, switching gears here. her disappearance has been a mystery for 25 years now. authorities think they know what happened to the university of florida student tiffany sessions. detectives say a serial killer and sex offender who died in prison last year is the prime suspect in her disappearance and likely murder. they say he apparently left a journal with names and dates of his victims. there was a date written there, the same date sessions disappear pd. they say it's not a smoking gun but it's close. a tennessee man and his wife have been charged with the murder of his 5-year-old daughter, accused of making the little girl drink too much soda. alexia boone was forced to drink more than two liters of grape
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soda and water as punishment. she was blue and unresponsive when she was brought into the emergency room. the autopsy shows massive intake of fluid caused her brain to swell and rupture. baseball hall of famer ki kiner has died. he pounded 369 home runs. he's probably better known for a half century career of broadcasting new york mets games. his broadcast was essential viewing for long-suffering mets fans. the fda has announced rules to make sure that infant formula is safe and nutritious. companies will have to test formula to make sure it does not contain salmonella or things to make a baby sick. the rules also require companies to prove they are including specific nutrients, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals in their products. a big honor for one of our own. abc news legend ann compton has achieved a lifetime achievement award from the washington press club foundation.
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ann has worked for abc since 1973 and has covered the white house for us since 1974. our heart-felt congratulations going out to her. >> yeah, that is something. so great to have her -- to be a part of the team she's on. so prestigious. congratulations to ann. >> absolutely. well, this is a cool story. that's why it is our "favorite story of the day." >> missed it. involves that girl in texas who was seriously injured in a skydiving accident. >> mackenzie wethington got a special visit from harlem globe trotter. bull bullard was there and shared his own stories. >> he was injured when a hoop crashed down on him. wet a bizarre and dangerous arrest. >> outrage this morning after police handcuff a firefighter who was helping to save a life. and later, people who love
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mixed breeds, i hope they love the saying, every dog has its day is true. the westminster dog show is welcoming mutts for the first time. we have the story of one little contestant who is already deserving of a prize. check him out. you're watching "world news now." ♪ one moment in sunshine ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by consumer cellular. "world news now" weather brought to you by consumer cellular.
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♪ well, firefighters who went to the aid of accident victims on a california highway got caught up in a flap with the highway patrol instead. >> one firefighter was handcuffed and put in the back of a police cruiser as the car lay upside down on the road. reporter allison ash much our san diego station has the story. >> this is ridiculous. the chp is arresting -- >> reporter: that's radio traffic from one of the firefighters helping two people injured in this upside down mustang right after it crashed. now, listen to what he said next after a chp officer ordered the
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driver of engine 52 to move his rig. >> we're in the middle of patient care with patients on the freeway and we're trying to protect our scene. and they're putting him in handcuffs at this time and walking him away. >> reporter: engineer, a 12-year-old veteran firefighter, was detained for more than 30 minutes, unable to help the crash victims. >> my engineer followed protocol and did exactly what he was supposed to do. >> reporter: chula vista's fire chief told us his department was first on scene and he strategically placed the engine where it would protect both the victims and first responders. >> so to be, you know, put in and detained like this for doing that is unfortunate. and we have to get a system where that doesn't happen again. >> reporter: the chief says a full investigation is under way to find out who, if niven, was at fault. the good news is the victim still got the treatment they needed and were taken by ambulance to the hospital. >> wow.
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that is just shocking. now i guess the fire department and highway patrol had a meeting afterwards. they issued a statement saying -- calling it an unfortunate incident, saying it's not representative of the way the agencies normally work together but still pretty incredible that this could happen. >> yeah. kind of hard to understand, even though they say they were following protocol and there's been a discussion with them, i -- you know, its still -- i don't get the whole thing and why that would happen. >> all right. we'll be right back. >> "world news now" continues after this.
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♪ every dog had its day with a big dog and a bone ♪ >> we're so happy, two country music fans jamming out. >> whoe would think it, we're both country music fans. one more of the elite has fallen to the populist.
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westminster dog show has opened its doors to mutts. >> i think this is fantastic. 16 mixed breed dogs, many from shelters, will compete against 209 purebreds tomorrow. don't let anyone tell you these dogs are ordinary. here's abc's david wright. >> reporter: they are canine supermodels. primped and poised. some looking part dog and also part brush you might find in a car wash. but they are purebreds, one and all, until now. for the first time ever the nation's oldest and most elite dog show are allowing dogs like jimmy here to compete. he's a mixed breed, no pedigree. in fact, a rescue dog. what's his story? >> he was dumped at a shelter in wily, texas, at about seven weeks of age because he had ring worm. >> reporter: now jimmy has his shot in the ring at the westminster dog show. think of it this way, the world's most exclusive club is opening its door to the average joe, the mutt.
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could be a champion. unlike some other competitors, jimmy has never had a good hair day. >> if i brushed him, his hair would be kind of wavy and he would shake himself and look like this again. >> reporter: but jimmy has other talents. jumping through hoops, racing through tunnels, up over that thing and through all of those things. he's one of 16 mixed breed dogs hoping to beat the purebreds in aagility. what will it mean for mixed breed to win westminster? >> any dog can do it. just because your dog is not pedigree does not mean it's not a canine athlete. >> reporter: they always say every dog has its day. this is a huge test, buddy. >> a huge test. >> reporter: david wright, abc news, new york. >> the pressure's on. >> it's about time. they only get to compete in the non-beauty portions of the -- >> i know. maybe because the pure breds are feeling the heat.
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see what's new at projectluna.com ♪ all right. time for "insomniac theater." this morning, two battle movies. but with very different stakes. >> first up, "monuments men" directed by george clooney. all-star cast, matt damon, john goodman, bill murray, cate blanche blanchett. it is based on the true story of a group of art people assigned to get back the treasures of western art that hitler had stolen and threatened to destroy. why should they care about art with so many people dying? clooney's character explains it this way the night before a mission. >> because it's exactly what we're fighting for. for our culture and for our way of life. you can wipe out a generation of people, you can burn their homes
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to the ground and somehow they will still come back. but if you destroy their achievements, the history, then it's like they never existed. >> but for as great as the cast is, that little speech seems to be the movie's problem. a few reviewers like the fresno bee called it a fitting tribute to the men who put their lives on the line in the name of saving culture, but more critics agree with the l.a. times that the movie is earnest and well-intentioned but ultimately just talks a better game than it can deliver. >> next, our other battle story, a lego story takes us into an animated world made entirely of legos where we meet a cheerful, little guy named emmett, but when the evil lord business threatens every super hero pitches in to help, including em it's, who is mistaken for the greatest master builder in the universe. >> my fellow master builders
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including but not limited to, superman, mermaid, wonder woman, michelangelo and 2002 nba all-stars. we learned lord business plans to end the world as we know it. there is yet one hope. the special has arisen. >> i think i got it, but just in case, tell me the whole thing again. i wasn't listening. >> that's kind of cool. emmett eventually learns anyone can be special if they go away with the instructions. npr says it may be one giant advertisement, the movie is also made for, with and about imagination. "newsday" says the lego movery is the smartest, funniest, most dazzling inventive children's movie to come along in years. >> i think they both look great. that's the news for this half hour. >> follow us on facebook at wnnfans.com.
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this morning on "world news now" -- another day, another round of wicked winter weather across the nation. this morning hundreds of thousands of people in the northeast are once again waking up without power in homes that are bitterly cold. also this morning -- >> it got to a point where my husband spoke up and that's when -- >> he shot him. >> -- he was shot. >> the fight that changed two families forever. the wife of a man shot and killed in a movie theater speaks out, sharing her pain. plus -- >> ladies and gentlemen, the beatles! ♪ close your eyes and i'll kiss you tomorrow i'll miss you ♪ >> it was 50 years ago today the
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landscape of music changed forever. we're remembering the day the beatles touched down in america and gave birth to a new generation of rock 'n' roll. it's friday, february 7th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning, i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez. >> i'm alex perez in for john muller. >> so nice to have you here. >> i'm happy to be here. >> how are you holding up? pulling an all-nighter? >> pulling an all-nighter. but most importantly, i'm not standing outside in the cold somewhere. >> yes, this is quite a change for you. they let you come indoors for a bit. >> and i'll take it. >> all right. perfect. speaking of the cold, hundreds of thousands are spending another night without power after this week's ice storm. hardest hit is philadelphia and the suburbs there where electricity may be out for another few days. >> out into the misery, the bone-chilling cold with the winter weather wrath, here's abc's lana zak. >> reporter: in the bitter cold,
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chainsaws are buzzing. as hardworking crews rush to free power lines ensnared by trees causing chaos like this oak in maryland. >> when it broke the power lines, it started a small fire in the yard. and the power went off. it went completely across the road. >> reporter: millions found themselves without power in painfully cold weather. from oregon to new york, windchill advisories and warnings have been posted in 22 states, 64% of the country blanketed in a winter nightmare. the danger now, the ice. here in new york, commuters trying to avoid black ice on the sidewalk and frozen chunks like this falling from buildings above. to keep the street safe, cities and towns have counted on salt, but in illinois where most of the salt comes by barge, frozen rivers may stop replacement supplies.
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>> when the ice gets too thick, they just start pulling over and waiting until mother nature helps us out. >> reporter: the ice blamed for dangerous accidents, like this 30-car pileup in michigan. two semis wrapped around this car. debris flung into the guardrail. >> kept seeing 18-wheelers in the ditch. >> reporter: drivers everywhere urged to be cautious. lana zak, abc news, new york. >> and this has been a winter many would like to forget. first, the polar vortex, and now frost quakes. that happens when moisture in the ground suddenly freezes. and if conditions are just right, the soil or bedrock cracks like brittle frozen cracks like brittle frozen pipe. some people in missouri were awakened by the sound last weekend. some even saw a flash of light. people in illinois, indiana, michigan, ohio and wisconsin have already reported frost quakes. wow. some resident in denver taking the record-breaking cold in stride. you can see this guy is getting a little help from his dog. check out man's best friend,
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right? temperatures dipped to 16 below this week. easily surpassing the record. but there will be a nice warm-up today with a high expected to be close to 40. at this point that almost sounds like beach weather. >> yeah. after the last few weeks, 40 degrees sounds like, i just want to get in shorts and hang out. it's been relentless. >> i know. and you've been out in it. how sick of this weather are people in chicago where you're based? i can't even imagine. >> chicago, minneapolis, midwest, we're hearty people, we can deal with it. but it's been over and over. mother nature, we kind of get it, it's cold. >> over it. >> over it. we get it, it's cold. but we have to deal with it for at least the next several weeks. i'm not a meteorologist, but we'll deal with it. moving on to the winter olympics, games officially open today with opening ceremonies. russian officials say security is as tight as it can possibly be. thousands of americans in sochi and more will be arriving in the coming days.
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and homeland security is banning liquid on carry-on luggage from u.s. to russia. that in reaction to the threat of explosives being smuggled into russia in toothpaste tubes. >> once aboard an aircraft, they would be able to pass off several containers, put the entire product together to get a much bigger bang for your buck. >> despite the threat, the associated press reports several of its staffers traveling through moscow brought toothpaste and other toiletries passed airport security without any problems. the chobani yogurt is still sitting in refrigerated warehouse waiting to be delivered to u.s. athletes. the russians say the u.s. department of agriculture is refusing to provide the proper paperwork it requires. that paperwork would allow the yogurt into russia. the usda says it is seeking an acceptable solution to the impasse. after a year of political wrangling, the immigration reform bill has stalled. house speaker john boehner
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announced passage of the overhaul was unlikely until president obama can gain the trust of republicans and implement the bill as intended. the bill would offer undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship. boehner is facing pressure from conservatives but he insists he is committed to immigration reform. and new this morning, police in virginia may have found the body of a missing police captain. 45-year-old kevin quick vanished a week ago. the body was recovered in a remote area, but police are still working on a positive identification. quick's suv was used in a robbery on sunday. three siblings, a brother, two sisters, have been arrested in connection with that. opening statements got under way in a florida murder case drawing comparisons to the trayvon martin shooting. a 47-year-old white man shot and killed an unarmed black teenager sitting inside a car outside a jacksonville convenience store after an argument over loud music. michael dunn said he was acting in self-defense because
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17-year-old jordan davis threatened him with a weapon. police found no weapon. dunn is also charged with attempted murder of three others in the car. now to the drama unfolding inside a florida courtroom. a judge decides today whether a retired police officer charged with murder will be freed from jail. there are strong feelings on both sides. here's abc's steve osunsami. >> reporter: two devoted fathers and one of them killed after an argument at this movie theater. prosecutors hope video from inside the theater might shed new light on what really happened. >> no strikes, no hits, nothing that would indicate to him that this gentleman, mr. reeves, was threatened. >> reporter: retired police captain reeves was emotional in court. he's pleading not guilty to second-degree murder saying he shot 43-year-old chad olson in self-defense. but his wife appearing on "the view" shared new details over his daughter textsing the daughter's babysitter on the telephone. >> the gentleman confronted my husband several times, which my husband ignored, ignored,
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ignored, and it got to a point where my husband spoke up and that's when -- >> he was shot. >> he was shot. >> reporter: reeves says he fired after seeing an unknown object thrown his way. witnesses say the only thing thrown was popcorn and reeves knew it. >> i then hear someone say, either i'll teach you or show you to throw popcorn at me. i then saw the flash from the muzzle of the gun. >> reporter: one shot, one death. still, so many questions. steve osunsami, abc news, new york. the stock market had its best day this year. nearly erasing the steep losses from early this week. the dow jumped nearly 200 points. the nasdaq was up 45. investors will be watching the january job numbers, which come out later this morning. experts predict the unemployment rate will tick down to 6.6%. and it was an emotional departure as jay leno hosted his final "tonight show." before the last good-bye, a string of high profile
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celebrities give him advice about what to do with his free time. >> and billy crystal led a parody to the good-bye song from "the sound of music." and leno choked up as he talked about the early days of "the tonight show". >> first year of the show, i lost my mom. second year i lost my dad. then my brother died. and after that i was pretty much out of family. and the folks here became my family. >> wow. well, leno's late night co-hosts added their congratulations. jimmy kimmel tweeting, 21 years at number one is quite an achievement. jimmy fallon takes over later this month for jay. coming up, family and friends begin to say good-bye to philip seymour hoffman as a famous producer pens a touching tribute to his friend. later, the beatles have landed. 50 years ago today the fab four touched down on american soil,
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philip seymour hoffm philip seymour hoffman will be laid to rest today. family and friends gathered last night at a private wake. >> meanwhile, some of those arrested in connection with the actor's death from an apparent heroin overdose appeared before a judge. cecilia vega has the story. >> reporter: in new york city, a wake for philip seymour hoffman, his three children and long time girlfriend, there to say good-bye. police are investigating where the 46-year-old actor got the heroin discovered in his apartment when he was found dead on sunday. in court, two people arrested as part of that investigation on unrelated drug charges. a third, jazz musician robert vineberg, whom police say had hoffman's number in his cell phone, also arrested. they all deny involvement in hoffman's death. a steady stream of stars, michelle williams, joaquin phoenix, ethan hawke, paid their respects to hoffman's family. actress cate blanchett showed up
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armed with a bag of toys. the actor speaking about his children in 2008. >> when you have children, the idea of heartbreak changes. the idea of heartbreak takes on a whole different meaning. you didn't think you could love like that and now you do. >> reporter: hoffman spoke publicly about his addiction. aaron sorkin writing in this week's "time" magazine. phil hoffman and i had two things in common. we were both fathers of young children and we were both recovering drug addicts. hoffman once revealing this haunting premonition. if one of us dies of an overdose, probably ten people who are about to, won't. he meant it would scare someone clean. sorkin, who created "the west wing" said he hopes part of hoffman's legacy is that his story of addiction helps saves lives. cecilia vega, abc news, new york. >> so eerie to hear he wrote
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that. it's almost like he knew -- >> that that would be the way that his life would end. that is incredible. i know they're planning a public memorial city in new york city some time this month. so many people wanting to pay their respects. for now it's just for family, close friends. >> the investigation, so many people want to know -- there are so many questions. we hear about this drug, hear about people who use it, but i think this has raised so much curiosity for so many people. >> absolutely. coming up, completely switching topics, the british invasion. it was 50 years ago today the beatles arrived in america. our special look back at how that weekend changed them and the history of music. and ahead in our next half hour, talk about transformation. "the biggest loser" and reality tv history, but was it too much of a good thing? we have the controversy coming up. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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♪ she loves you yeah yeah yeah she loves you you yeah yeah yeah ♪ welcome back. it is an important weekend in music history. 50 years ago today, beatle mania began, when those four lads from liverpool landed in new york. >> there are rumors around that this is britain's revenge for the boston tea party. 3,000 screaming teenagers are at new york's kennedy airport to greet, you guessed it, the beatles. >> and just two days after that, they made history on "the ed sullivan show." music consultant bruno del granado is here on the beatles 50 years later. thanks for joining us. >> good morning, marci. >> before we talk about "the ed sullivan show," let's talk about the arrival we just saw.
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what a huge moment that was. >> they arrived on the 7th of february to 3,000 screaming fans waiting for them. it was a cold day. 3,000 kids had been there several hours. >> and just what brought everyone out. they hadn't yet appeared on "the ed sullivan show." why all of this energy, this draw? >> they already had a number one in december, two months before that, "i want to hold your hand." it went to number one. there was anticipation. nobody had actually seen them live but they had heard about the beatles on wmca and all of the radio stations, wnbc, so there was a lot of anticipation here. especially in new york and the tri-state area. >> so walk us through that famous night on "the ed sullivan show." >> well, it was five songs. total length, about 11 minutes. beatles' singles were 2, 2 1/2 minutes long each. and it was sheer pandemonium. the ratings were humongous. 72 million people tuned in that night. it was the most watched television performance in the
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history of television, up until that point. to this day it's one of the top ten most watched nonsports television performances. it was sheer pandemonium. you see footage of fans just screaming their lungs and hearts out for these four lads from england. >> and the overall reaction to that performance? >> well, ed sullivan loved them. he even read on air a telegram from elvis presley and colonel parker saying, congratulations, welcome to america. ed sullivan was a big fan of theirs. he had discovered them a couple weeks ago in england. and those two weeks the beatles were here in the states, he had them on the show three consecutive times. >> the time we're talking about was the only time it was live or -- >> no. >> the other time was live as well? >> the first time, february 9th, was live. the second week, which was taped from miami, was also live, on the 16th. then the third time it was pretaped, before they left back to england. >> then how did this all impact their career going forward and their influence here in the u.s.? >> well, two months after the ed sullivan performance, the beatles had top five singles on billboard charts. that's huge.
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nobody had ever done that before. nobody's done it since. the beatles have become the most important music group of all time. culturally, historically, musically, nobody comes close to what the beatles have meant for this entire generation. globally. it's not only here. they've sold over 200 million albums. >> influencing so many other artists as well? >> absolutely, to this day. you look at artists like one direction, for example, who are probably the -- this generation's beatles -- well, not really, but they have shades of the beatles. the whole haircut, the fashion, the pop songs and the fans. so to this day they keep influencing new acts and they will continue to do that for many, many more years to come. >> bruno, thanks for joining us this morning. coming up "the mix" and a special beatles polka coming up next. ♪ i want to hold your hand ♪ i want to hold your hand ♪ i want to hold your hand
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welcome back. time for "the mix." welcome back. time for "the mix." we have been complaining about this awful winter weather that is just not giving up. apparently it's been pretty rough in england as well. it has been so bad that the penguins who are in an aquarium there -- >> the penguins are complaining? >> and they're getting depressed. and they gave them prozac to help them. so if the penguins are depressed, imagine what the people are going through. if anyone should be able to tolerate the crummy weather and cold, it should be them. so the penguins are getting prozac. they say it's doing the trick so far but they are praying for the weather to change so get them some sunshine so penguins will cheer up. >> there's no hope if penguins are depressed. this is interesting. the westminster dog show, the big dog show is this weekend.
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and mutts are finally getting their day. they'll be allowed to compete but in just one category, performance, not -- the nonbeauty category. they're not judged for their beauty. >> not beauty? they're so cute. >> i have to get my dog there. >> maybe next year. >> polka time! ♪ ♪ so politics in the movie ♪ ♪ that's the world news polka ♪ business news london time nightline pieces that's the world news polka ♪ ♪ it's late at night you're wide awake and you're not wearing pants ♪ ♪ grab your world news now mug ♪ and everybody dance ♪ have some fun be a pal every guy and gal ♪ ♪ do the world news polka ♪ >> i read the news today. oh, boy.
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this morning on "world news now" -- countdown to competition. the opening ceremony for winter olympics is just hours away. but the big concern is whether the security in sochi is up to snuff. plus, doing battle against mother nature. millions are dealing with the aftermath of the snow and ice. how the clean-up can be as dangerous of the storm. 155 pounds in seven months. a contestant on a weight loss reality show drops a stunning amount of weight, leaving her trainers and viewers speechless. but was it too much, too fast? and the end of an era. jay leno passes the torch with an emotional good-bye. highlights of leno's final show in "the skinny" on this friday, february 7th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> good morning. i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez. >> i'm alex perez in for john muller. marci, we made it to friday. >> we made it to friday. how has your week been? you're always all over the place. >> the week has been all over the place and busy, but i'm happy we made it to friday. i'm happy it's not 50 below zero where i'm at right now, so all good things. >> keep you nice and toasty here in the studio. >> and i will take it. i'll take it. lots to talk about so let's begin this half hour with the winter olympics in russia. the games officially kicking off later today with the opening ceremony. >> here is a live look at sochi. ceremonies held in that stadium right there. security still very much on everyone's minds. particularly when it comes to air travel. abc's brian ross has the latest. >> reporter: american authorities say this is the target. a passenger jet like this one flying in over the sochi olympic village, full of athletes and spectators. and this is the worry -- tubes
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of toothpaste that u.s. authorities say a team of terror operatives could use to smuggle explosives on board. >> once on board an aircraft, they would be able to pass off several containers, put the entire product together to get a much bigger bang for your buck. >> reporter: on orders from the tsa, delta and other airlines announced a ban on all liquids, gels, aerosols and powders on carry-on luggage on flights into russia. at the sochi airport, arriving american visitors seemed oblivious to the u.s. >> the u.s. isn't going to let anything happen to us. we've got pretty good backing everywhere. >> reporter: but the concerns go far beyond the airport. current and former u.s. authorities say they are not that confident that the russian security ring of steel with its tens of thousands of armed officers, naval ships, surveillance glymphs and anti-missile batteries hidden in the mountains will be enough to stop a determined terrorist. the u.s. says it is ready for anything that could happen in sochi with teams of armed
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personnel already guarding u.s. athletes and two u.s. navy ships now in the black sea in international waters off of sochi. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> there are no athletic events today in sochi, but crews will be grooming several ski slopes following concerns that they are too dangers. the moguls course claimed american skier heidi kloser yesterday. she was stretchered off. this morning it was announced she is out of the event. the course used for slopestyle snowboarding was worked on after american snowboarder shaun white pulled out of the event. by this point the creature comfort problem athletes and others are encountering sochi have been we will documented. now there's a twitter page for that. its handle @sochiproblems. part of its profile, quote, i'm a mess and not prepared for you. right now it has already over 187,000 followers. and that's google's home page today. today featuring winter olympics sports in rainbow colors.
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it also quotes from the olympic charter, part of which reads, every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport without discrimination of any kind. of course, we all know what that's a reference to, right? do we know? i mean, if you saw the google home page -- >> oh, sure. >> -- russia's anti-gay laws. >> of course. they are talking about the problems they have in sochi. it's not all that. of course, we like to focus on the negative. i actually have a friend who's over there right now and he says his hotel is fine, there are no problems. but the few we've seen posted there are pretty -- pretty entertaining. >> a reporter from "the chicago tribune," the other day posted water from her hotel. looked like apple juice. >> that's a really nice way of putting it. i would say it looked like something else. >> it was yellow. let's put it that way. more than 300,000 customers in the philadelphia area are still without power this morning after wednesday's ice storm. with temperatures struggling to get out of the 20s, residents are checking into hotels and
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flocking to malls and warming shelters. officials are comparing the damage to the aftermath of a hurricane. take a look at this poor guy in new york city. jm legend auto group security cameras caught him walking as -- oh, man, he gets flattened by a wall of snow from a snowplow. he gets knocked down. but a few seconds later he walk as way. that plow also sending snow into the company's windows. the city will pick up the bill for that broken window. my goodness. >> oh, man, that looked painful. >> yeah. here's a look at the rest of your friday weather. part two of a powerful storm will hammer oregon, bringing another 6 to 12 inches of snow. most of the rest of the country will enjoy a dry day, except for a few scattered showers from texas to florida. >> another day of brutal cold in the midwest. temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below average. 50s across the southeast. and sounds nice in miami, 82. >> let's go there. >> let's do that.
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a minnesota elementary school was forced to evacuate after dozens of students fell ill and carbon monoxide leak may be to blame. two students passed out while rehearsing for a play in the auditorium of the springfield school. others started throwing up. by the time it was over, nearly 30 fourth and fifth graders had to be treated at the hospital. the search is on for a missing newborn in southern wisconsin. 5-day-old kayden powell was apparently taken in the middle of the night. the baby boy's mother told police he was not in his ba bassinet when she went to check on him about 4:30 in the morning. detectives say there was no forced entry into the home and the fbi has been called in to help. >> this is a difficult time for the family. this is a difficult time for the community. but i want everyone to know and to be assured that law enforcement agencies are working together and together we are trying with every resource we have to try and reunite this family. >> a relative who had been staying in the home is being questioned.
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police say so far everyone is being cooperative. family and friends gather here in new york today to say good-bye to philip seymour hoffman. co-stars and fans paid their respects at a wake last night. hoffman's death, from an paerpt overdoergs has helped put national attention on the heroin epidemic. health officials in vermont confirmed three people died last month with the potent painkiller fentanyl was sold as heroin. looks like more than a million out of work americans won't have their long-term unemployment benefits restored. democrats in the senate fell one vote short of ending a republican filibuster on the bill. oklahoma republicans said that the benefit extension is being turned into another welfare program. it's fair to say that pope francis has achieved something of rock star status. he's even been on the cover of "rolling stone." >> while that's cool, this is sweet. this is a life-size replica of pope francis made of dark
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chocolate. he checked it out on wednesday during his weekly audience at the vatican. >> it's the work of an italian chocolate artist and 20 of his students. it took a month to create. here's the most incredible part. it was made from a ton and a half of block chocolate -- a block of chocolate. >> how inappropriate is it to say, pope, you look delicious. >> and what do you do with that? are you supposed to take a bite out of it? >> no, you can't. that's disrespectful. so, you just admire it like -- >> going straight to hades, right? what happens once it warms up? >> oh, yeah. got to -- definitely keep it indoors. but, man, that -- he just looks baffled by it. >> do you kiss the pope's ring? the chocolate ring? what happens to that part of it. all right. well, coming up, jay leno's last show. the tributes, the jokes and an emotional moment from the host himself. but first, did "the biggest loser" lose too much too fast? the controversy over the nearly unbelievable number on the scale.
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♪ make me feel so pretty ♪ there's a growing controversy over the biggest winner on "the biggest loser." rachel frederickson took the prize on that reality tv show with a record-breaking weight loss. >> even some of the trainers were stunned when she walked out on stage less than half her original size. abc's juju chang has the details. >> your current weight is -- >> reporter: it took just a matter of months to get to this moment. >> you lost 155 pounds. >> reporter: after torturous journey of sweat and struggle, 24-year-old rachel frederiksen
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was declared the winner on nbc's "the biggest loser" finale tuesday night. >> you won! >> reporter: a $250,000 grand prize for a 155-pound weight loss that some are now saying went too far. the show's trainers seemed shocked. and on social media, an outpouring of concern for her health. some criticizing her for losing too much weight. >> this is a game show. it's not a healthy model for how you should be losing weight. what we recommend is one to two pounds per week. not the kind of enormous weight loss that she experienced. >> reporter: frederickson dropped 60% of her original body weight, most in the show's history. like all contestants, she followed a program of rigorous diet and exercise. constantly monitored by weight loss professionals. but some doctors question the program's safety when it leads to such extreme results. >> having a prize of $250,000 to lose weight puts pressure on people to do things that might not be good for their health.
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>> reporter: as for frederickson, now 5'4" and 105 pounds, her bmi, or body mass index, is slightly below healthy. but despite the criticism "the biggest loser" stands by their message saying, we remain committed to helping contestants achieve healthy weight loss and live healthier lifestyles and to inspiring viewers to do the same. two people that looked more than shocked at the transformation, were the other teams' trainers, jillian michaels and bob harper. the pair took to facebook saying, we're not comfortable commenting on rachel's journey because we weren't her trainers and weren't given the opportunity to work with her at any point. any questions about the contestants on "the biggest loser" should be directed to the show's producers. and frederickson tells access hollywood she's never been more proud. >> now it is not a number, just a life. i just feel alive. >> reporter: juju chang, abc news, new york. >> wow. >> incredible. i guess all of the weight loss wasn't on the show. she actually left the ranch
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three months ago and since then dropped another 45 pounds, we're hearing. >> wow. if you look at her, she looks like a different person now. everyone is wondering what she was eating. it says 1600 calories a day and five small meals following the advice of the show's dietitian and she was also taking three or four classes a day at the gym. >> that's a lot. that's what she was doing in the three months since leaving and turning up for the finale. three or four classes a day. my goodness. that's a lot of time. >> they all transformed but she looks unrecognizable. >> a completely different person, right. >> completely different person. when we come back, changing of the guard in late night. plus, new video from justin bieber's arrest in miami. "the skinny" is next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
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♪ ♪ ♪ skinny so so skinny ♪ just like that "biggest loser" chick, so skinny. >> oh, man. >> sorry. too soon? >> "skinny" time. good move there. all right. on this friday, we begin with a farewell. jay leno's good-bye to "the tonight show." >> it was a celebrity-filled sendoff. oprah, kim kardashian, carol
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burnett were just a few of the high-profile fans who sang a parody from "the sound of music." billy crystal, who was the first guest on the show 22 years ago, was also the last guest. other celebs saying good-bye in their own unique ways. >> why don't you take all this now-found time and develop an interesting hobby, like working on old cars. i absolutely love to do it. i think you might, too. >> actually, jay does work on old cars. he's got a whole garage full of them. >> okay, well, jay, maybe with your new-found time you could finally invite me over to your [ bleep ] garage. >> that's hilarious. leno ended up with a tearful speech, saying it was the best 22 years of his life. our best to him. moving on now to another round in the special relationship between our friend, jimmy kimmel and matt damon. we just saw there. damon was the last member of the cast of "the monuments men" to
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be introduced last night. >> he stood there because there was nowhere to sit down. eventually damon was given a small wooden chair. the rest of the cast got a chance to speak, but when kimmel asked damon a question, this is what happened. check it out. >> okay, that's a real question. i'll answer it. [ siren ] >> oh, no, that's the fire alarm. >> come on! >> i need everyone to exit the theater immediately. we need -- guys -- >> no, no, no, no. >> we're going to get the audience out of here, too. >> kimmel and damon have a long-running sort of love/hate relationship. you might recall damon's last appearance on kimmel's show, during which he took kimmel hostage. now he is vowing revenge again. remember the music video with sarah silverman. >> yeah. >> i think matt damon -- i think that started it all. >> not going to say it. new video this morning from justin bieber's dui arrest in miami beach. >> for the first time, we are seeing what went on after the
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19-year-old pop star was taken into custody. police station surveillance cameras captured bieber as he entered the holding area there two weeks ago. you can see him getting patted down after removing his shoes and hoody. >> bieber pleaded not guilty to drunk driving and resisting arrest. police say officers went by the book and bieber never received any special treatment. oprah winfrey's done everything there is to do when it comes to show business, right? >> seems like it. >> well, sort of. not yet. there's one final frontier for the talk show queen, broadway. >> oprah is reportedly in talks to make her broadway debut in a revival of the play "night mother." she would star opposite tony award winner audra mcdonald. it's a story of a mother trying to stop her daughter from killing herself. >> the production could hit the stage in the 2015-2016 season. mcdonald is a five-time tony winner whose last broadway play was "a raisin in the sun" back in 2004. >> i would absolutely go see oprah live. she is so talented.
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>> everything she touches turns to gold. >> exactly. >> all right. coming up this week, is it -- >> stay with us. >> everything she touches turns to gold. >> stay with us.
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♪ it's all about tonight good times and the music and laughter ♪ ♪ and grooving to the band ♪ finally this half hour, our friday rewind. this was a giant week with the super bowl and the start to the olympic games within a few days. >> the week got off to a somber start with the sudden passing of philip seymour hoffman. >> we lost one of the greats. one of the greats. very, very sad. >> it's a shame. because who knows what he would have been able to do. >> there were 70 bags of heroin found in his apartment. that said to the police that there were major dealers selling drugs to him. >> there are a number of specific threats of varying degrees of credibility that we're tracking. >> they have dozens and dozens of rooms not ready for journalists, whoever. it's absolutely an embarrassment. >> i have shoveled twice already this morning because it came on so quickly.
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>> this is the worst i've experienced. i think the worst weather i've been in is just cold. but this is like really cold, hard to walk in. you can't see. and my face hurts. >> if i wanted to get publicity and to get people to like me, i think congress is probably the last place that i would go. >> you know, this breach has shaken their confidence in target and we're determined very hard to earn it back. >> we looked ourselves in the mirror and said, what kind of company do we really want to be? do we want to be a health care company? it became the right decision for us. >> i imagined myself making great plays but never imagined being mvp. >> today we played sound football, able to execute. and we did it. we did it. >> let germany brew your beer. let swissmen make your watch. let asia assemble your phone. we will build your car. >> and we want to remind you
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about our special online segment for fans of "world news now." >> it's called "in case you missed it" and you can see all the week's highlights in one place. logon to wnnfans.com and check it out. it is usually pretty entertaining. >> that's not us there but it's still entertaining. >> absolutely. so, any big plans for the weekend? >> i'm going to try a whole different approach to the weather this weekend. i'm going to accept it's going to be cold and go out and do about my normal things. maybe it will change my attitude toward it. maybe i'll want to be outside. >> i need to stop whining about the cold. i need to take a cue from you and do the same. >> all we do is whine, whine, whine, who wants to hear it. >> that's all i'm doing this weekend, wine, wine, wine, another glass of wine. >> where are you doing that? i like your kind of wine better than my kind of whine. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now." informing insomniacs for two decades. "world news now." informing insomniacs for two
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making news in america this morning, let the games begin. the olympics opening ceremony is hours away, and the competition is already intense but so is the concern for terrorism. a full report from russia. winter blast. freezing cold, a race to restore power and one man who was walking in the wrong place at the wrong time. seeing dispute. a disagreement at a crash site ends with a firefighter in handcuffs and a lot of unanswered questions. and heavenly chocolate, a new statue of the pope that is really sweet. good friday morning. i'm marci gonzalez. >> and i'm alex perez. john and diana a

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